Dinesh K Sharma
Amritsar: Akal Takht officiating Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, who had refused government security, has now given his consent to have the Centre-sponsored security cover, but with a condition.
The Jathedar has agreed to have only ‘Sikh’ security personnel with him because it will be easy for them to understand the religious code of conduct. Six ‘Sikh’ security guards from the CRPF have been deployed in his security. The SGPC task force and Punjab police commando attached with the Jathedar, will continue to escort him.
Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh had refused security from the Punjab and Union Government after which the Sikh youth offered to provide security to the Jathedar themselves. Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami, president of the showmanship committee, provided 12 employees of the committee for the security of the Jathedar and President Dhami had said that the arbitrariness of the committee would protect the Jathedar.
The Centre had decided to give the ‘Z’ grade security cover to the Jathedar consisting of over 20 paramilitary jawans. He had declined to accept it, saying that it would hinder his duty as a Jathedar of the Akal Takht as the security would prevent him from mingling with devotees. Despite his refusal, the Centre has deputed six CRPF security guards with him. It is learnt that once the full brigade will join the Jathedar’s security cover, some will be deputed at his residence and office at Talwandi Sabo, some outside the Akal Takht Secretariat in Amritsar and rest will escort him during his programmes outside in a separate vehicle.
Akal Takht Secretariat staff said the security guards had been directed neither to enter any gurdwara nor the Jathedar’s office.